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Grateful Dead Live at Portland Memorial Coliseum on 1974-05-19

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Grateful Dead Live at Portland Memorial Coliseum on 1974-05-19

Topics Live concert

Mississippi Half Step, Mexicali Blues, Big Railroad Blues, Black Throated Wind, Scarlet Begonias, Beat It On Down The Line, Loose Lucy, Money Money, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider Promised Land, Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> Wharf Rat, Big River, Peggy-O, Truckin'-> Mind Left Body Jam-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Portland Memorial Coliseum
Location Portland, OR

Source Soundboard
Lineage Master Soundboard Reel > PCM > DAT> CDR


complete; Master Soundboard Reel > PCM > DAT> CDR; EAC'ed / SHN'ed by Scott Clugston


Reviewer: Coolcolorain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2017
Subject: Black throated wind, keeps on pouring in......
I lost his tape 20 years ago what a joy it is to listen to it again! Definitely a five stars for me. I always loved the Lucy on this one
Reviewer: jemarple - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2017
Subject: Wharf Rat
The end of wharf rat is incredible
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2016
Subject: As we rode out to Fennario
Great PEGGY-O placement late in the 2nd set!
Whole show sizzles.
Some vocal drop-out's mid 1st set
but I just sang louder myself.
If Donna don't turn you on
sorry about your limpness...
More Dead!!!
Reviewer: mifraidin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2016
Subject: Firing on all cylinders
Completely obsessed with this show for the past few days. Where has it been all my life? :-)

Standouts include Big Railroad Blues, Loose Lucy, Money Money, CCS>>>IKYR, Truckin, Ship of Fools, Weather Report, Wharf Rat, NFA, and Saturday Night as a rip-roaring closer. Oh, what's the point? The entire show is fantastic, no need to try to pull out highlights.

Scarlet Begonias, um, stands out in its own way. Check out 3:35-4:05. Totally bizarre.
Reviewer: Garrick III - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2016
Subject: OCD for listening to music
Getting close to listening to the Grateful Dead for 4 decades. I was streaming this show, 5/19/74 while sitting and sketching. And it hit me. "This show, is the reason why I keep listening to the Dead !!!!!!!!! ". As I scrolled down the 1st set list, looking for any particular song I felt would suit my creative mood, I saw "Black Throated Wind" and hit the 'turn to blue' PLAY. WOW!!! Sweet... Next, "Loose Lucy" - and now I knew, yeah, this is why I continue to listen, collect, burn, BLAST 😝😝😝😝😝😂😍😄😄😄😄 - and always find myself "...searchin' for the sound..." of some of the most liltingly beautiful, chronically inspirational, and continuously engaging group of musicians I've EVER heard. To say "No two shows are EVER the same" - doesn't quite explain to those whom look at us folk, (aka -"DeadHeads") and think, perhaps, that we all suffer from OCD. If even the least of those whom have a modicum of understanding in regards to the uniquely gripping sound of this 'just to the left ' of "Rock", and 'slightly to the right' of "Roll" American band, were to put on a pair of headphones, and REALLY LISTEN TO THIS ONE SHOW, ......... well, 'Enough said. ABSOLUTE BEAUTY OF 'PROCESS'..... Unfolds....... And I can only pray...... I have another 4 decades to roll on down that Golden Road, 'Furthur', until there 'comes a time' - 'to lay me down', in a bed of roses, American Beauties.... To be sure...........
Reviewer: dhomansky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2013
Subject: This one should be Daves Picks 9
Im sure David L has a reason for picking 5-14-74, lets face it , this whole week in 74 was incredible, and all these shows from this 5 week period( Portland, Louisville, Miami) are epic Wall of Sound masterpieces.

That being said I would love to see this 5-19-74 Portland be remastered at some point. I would put this one up against any show from any era. Seriously give it a listen, from start to finish its sick. Loose Lucy, one of the few Money Money (great!), WRS, Let it Grow and one of the sickest Trucking> Jams ever!! Also not usually a PeggyO fan , but Jerrys voice is like honey...

If I were having to pick 10 shows to take with me to the grave this would be one of them.
Reviewer: mrlloyd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2013
Subject: arguably best they ever played
Awesome, crystal clear and incredible performance. So many gems, from black-throated, to SB's (Donna notwithstanding), to Tennessee Jed, Bobby McGhee, to China Cat-Rider, Weather Report, etc etc all quite possibly definitive, best-ever's. Some of Bob's very finest work throughout and a nice recording to really help it stand out. Vocals do weirdly drift out in Sugaree, but nothing is perfect.

You can't do without this show - bookmark it, you won't be sorry!
Reviewer: ThreeFingerStyle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2013
Subject: Lucy ain't lost, she's Loose!
Thanks archivists!! - this was always the Loosest of Lucies for me, and I lost my cassette of this show some years back. Good to hear again for the first time.
Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2012
Subject: late to the party
i love this show
Reviewer: GibsonES335 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2012
Subject: 74!!
it's harder to find a better recording and performance from The Grateful Dead, first show I ever downloaded on etree (for an old deadhead friend) and it collected dust in my library for about 2 years before I gave it a listen. This is the show is the root to my dead collection, without it I wouldn't have found all this wonderful music and magic, give it a listen
Reviewer: TheHag - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2012
Subject: after the smoke settles...holy hell
This is Bob Weir at his finest.
Reviewer: AugustWest79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2012
Subject: China-Rider
It is great, but still falls short of 8-5-74.
Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2012
Subject: donna had a 13# baby , and TWO orgasms
donna had a 13# baby , and TWO upper richter scale
Orgasms seez my girl who only heard live dead 4 6moons! thats objective!( my girl has had both!)
she also seez doona knew how 2 give oral 2 the mic !
better than booby!

great show shes as good as boobby screechin too !
Reviewer: Colonial - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2011
Subject: Copy of show
I can get you a copy of this show. Just send me your name and info to
Reviewer: raff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2011
Subject: Help
Can anyone help me get a copy of this show on disc?
Reviewer: obidia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 10, 2010
Subject: best jam ever
In the early or mid nineties I had a partial recording of the second set of this show. I taped the show over the radio from a college radio program based at Hofstra University. This program was called the Dead Zone. It was on every tuesday from eight to ten. At the beginning of each show they would take the time to inform you of what length of tape to use and where the apropriate time to flip the tape was.The jam after Truckin was what they would use for background music. I would get goosepimples just from hearing that little tidbit. When they got around to playing the whole set it was even better than I imagined. As the bluesy jam after Truckin winds down you can hear Phil and Billy try to begin the faster paced jam that follows but Jerry is not quite ready.IMO this jam is something that they must have touched upon during a rehearsal or soundcheck or perhaps another show. Im curious to know if anyone has heard a similar theme during previous jams. I think this all to brief jam that precedes MLB jam is the greatest couple of minutes of music I have ever heard. I would give it twenty stars if possible.P.S. the rest of the show is no slouch either even with Donna's screeching. Top 3 of 1974
Reviewer: sugareesalibi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2010
Subject: Great PNW Run
Damn, this show is fantastic!! Aside from the usual Wall O' Sound issues everyone is ON. In fact, I'd highly recommend you give a listen to all three shows from this beautiful, high energy Pacific Northwest run (P.N.E. 1974-05-17, U of Washington 1974-05-21).

I'm about to sit down and compile my very own multi disc set combining my favorite tunes from this run.

Quick question for all of you Heads, does anyone know why they played the shows in such a strange order? I mean, they went to Vancouver first, then Portland, then Seattle. Seems strange to me that they didn't just tour each city in the order they came (Vancouver, Seattle, Portland or Portland, Seattle, Vancouver).

Anyone know what the deal was?
Reviewer: 74_Fan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2010
Subject: So funny...
Having finally completed a nearly 10-year exploration of the GD archives, I've at last settled on my favorite year (for now ;) -- mainly because of Keith's absolutely brilliant, jazzy, funky keys throughout '74, and how sparkling Jerry's playing is, how inspired he is.

I've also often plugged my ears listening to Donna's caterwauling on this site, so given the amount of abuse heaped on her in the comments here I hesitated to listen to this one at first...but this is one of her better efforts! I love the scream in Scarlet, and she's spot-on in BIODTL, which I honestly think is one of the nicest things I've ever heard from her so far.

Look, fact is--without bashing her--monitors or not, Donna had intonation issues. She doesn't just miss notes but can't hold onto them when she does get on-key. Bob and Jer could flub tons of notes (and how come they could hear themselves if she couldn't?) but they don't have the same intonation problem she does--but ironically I think Donna is really FINE in this performance overall, and I'm generally pretty harsh on her.

I'm giving this 5 for performance but 3 for recording--and yes, I know the music's the thing but having been spoiled by so many brilliant Matrixes and AUDs and whatnot, I really find the SBD problems are so significant that they inhibit my ability to properly rate this obviously incredible show--so I'm settling on 4 stars...which I'll probably regret, but there it is.
Reviewer: stealyourwife - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2010
Subject: well...
it was a great recording right up till Jack Straw and then the vocals disapeared.

4 stars
Reviewer: brinkmcd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2010
Subject: amazing
Wow. The Truckin>MLB is too good. If anyone could send me a copy of this show I would be forever thankful!

(I have a good amount of shows from '69-'72 if anyone wants to trade)

Reviewer: fuzzylittlehippygirl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2010
Subject: who doesnt like donna jean? weird
an amazing show! just pissed that i missed it! cant get enough piano and of donna jean! shes amazing and who gives a shit who she slept with she helped make life changing music! you just dont know a good scream when you hear one! i agree with jerry.. donnas a keeper!
Reviewer: limeydeadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2010
Subject: weather let it wharf rat
Too good. I can't get my head round the dead without Jerr.. Jam in wharf rat is seminal. Would have loved to have witnessed the wall of sound. Some people don't like the s board tapes from this era. Apart from too much piano sometimes ( and always too much donna, Who was she doing ? the whole band) I love the sound of these recordings. I'll cane this till I'm sick of it!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2010
Subject: Top 3 of The Year
imho, this show, 2/24 and 6/18 are the best of the year, with honorable mentions to 6/16, 7/19, and 7/31.

i'm convinced that of all the pre-hiatus versions of china>rider i've heard (the ones with the ujb or feeling groovy jam) this is THE archetype. i can think of only two others that come close: 12/6/73, and 5/25/74 from a week after this show. ok, there MAY be better or more unique ones (like 6/26/74) but none have the tightness, energy, and near-perfect execution of this.

the weather report from this show (listening as i write) is really great, almost dark-star like in parts, sort of a preview of 6/18. it segues into a gorgeously jammed out wharf rat.

after one of the best truckins ive heard in '74, (is that tico tico tuning before it?) comes pretty much the highlight of the show, a jam that features some of the most frenetic and unique playing i've heard from garcia. it is short, but is also one of the best dead jams, EVER. capping it off is an also excellent mind left body jam, leading into a rockin' nfa>gdtrfb combo.

some other highlights of this great show include loose lucy, bertha>greatest, big river, and a nice half-step opener.

Reviewer: 9fozzy9 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2009
Subject: pass it on...
-"Papa, Why are you lying on floor, smiling, with tears in your eyes?", asks my beautiful daughter?
Oh how I hope she finds and shares that "something" that makes our lives that much more....
Wharf/SOF..WOW..makes me want to...THANK!!
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2009
Subject: 5-19-74
I have a hard time finding shows from '74 that aren't grate. Wonderful recording as well.
Reviewer: Wsmith - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 25, 2009
Subject: Donna Jean Primal Scream
It's interesting to me that Jerry chose Donna to be with them. Keith's playing augmented their direction nicely, esp the way that Jerry was adventurously interested in playing 'out', sep in these years -73-74. He often played in a jazzy way, and Keith counterpointed well.

But for Donna, I would point to Tomorrow is Forever from the movie. Whoa. And Jerry's mix of the movie. In that Scarlet, she is the primal scream of woman, and very powerfully so. Much like the Dead were the primal outpouring of men, playing at the limitless. Interesting to me, Jerry, that you chose her. A powerful voice, like the Dead. I dig it, and dig her, too.
Reviewer: gumby69 - - July 17, 2009
Subject: Re: Scarlet & Donna.
Whoa! Donna sounds like she just got a tooth pulled onstage with that yelp in Scarlet.
Reviewer: fellowvoyager - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2009
Subject: reading the other comments are priceless
Oh man, i had this show back in college and i remember listening to that jam at the end of truckin', over and over and over and over.

Concerning the Donna stuff, i remember reading an interview with her and she was saying something along the lines of, during the live shows they had a lot of trouble getting the monitors right so she could hear herself over the group. and you know how loud they could get. So i can totally understand her having offnights in the early 70s while they were working out the kinks. but you notice by 77-78 she sounds much better.
Reviewer: thewaymouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2009
Subject: The Dead and The Girl...
I'll take both.

I was expecting to be done in by Donna at the end of Scarlett. But it's not that bad. Nowhere near as harsh as Bob going off the freaking, cracking rails at the end OMSN. And there Donna saves the day at the last second just before the band comes in with the wind-up - check her killer "whoa!" Feels good to be alive.

- Great story, tapeatsbill (below): But whoa, Nelly! Are you kind? But then again, it is kind of you to tell it and so well. And The Dead were so awesome at this time. Understandable but acceptable? Well, you didn't say this beautiful girl you were so in love is now your wife so we have to assume not. Cheers.

- I am not giving 5 stars only because the vocals are buried deep on the original SBD on some songs, as in Jack Straw > > El Paso. (Not sure on which recording is best as yet, this or the thir13en). Otherwise this is High Dead.
Reviewer: wrkster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2009
Subject: This recording sounds far better on my home stereo than the Thirteen remaster.
I never saw Keith play but I can really hear him loud and clear on this recording, once or twice (on the other recording)it was distracting, but most of the time its very nice to be able to hear him play his keys and it adds to the flavor of the recording. Jerry's guitar is way down in the mix which is kind of a bummer otherwise this would be really a very very good recording. Vocals and everything else sound awesome! (Although on the Thirteen remaster the vocals distort on my system.) I'm giving this recording 4 stars because I can barely hear Jerry's guitar, aside from that though the recording like I said before, sounds real good.
Reviewer: tapeatsbill - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2008
Subject: The Girl or The Dead
This show presented me with one of life's crossroads moments. Our group prefunctioned pretty heavily. I was driving to the show with this beautiful and great gal with whom I was so in love.

Unfortunately she ended up getting sick on the way & she had to go back to the house physically unable to play any more for that day.

So there was my dilema, the girl or the Dead.

Was a great show!
Reviewer: pirouetteinwhite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2008
Subject: Re: Donna
Donna's great! Weather Report would NOT be the same without her, period.
Reviewer: 1985deadheadCA - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2008
Subject: I have missed this bootleg for years!!!!
I only had about 12 of the songs, and I listened to my tape for years before it disappeared. I cannot believe I found it again! I love this show, it sums up the Dead for me! IT is truley a gem. Does anyone know how to get these concerts into an iPod? I have a feeling you have to purchase the shows in MP3 format to do so, anyways, any info on that subject would be appreciated. For now I am "grateful" for this site, and appreciate all the love and time in creating it and keeping to the "spread" the music around, and keep it "free". Thanks also to the Dead for many good years, and it doesn't end. I just miss them soooo much, saw my last one in Seattle early 90's with Bruce. Bob's guitar work in this show is stellar!
Reviewer: Styrofoam Cueball - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2008
Subject: On A Cruel Sea...
I'm surprised no one's mentioned the near-perfect, sweet rendition of "Ship Of Fools"...they are rare. Check it out....

As far as Donna goes, yes, she does sound like Keith accidentally ran over her foot with the grand piano during Scarlet, but it just made me smile and laugh, not cringe as it seems to do to others...
Reviewer: rythymd3vil - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2008
Subject: playing in the band
show me a playin in the band where donna wont kill the momentum with her 'yeaahyeaahyeaaaaah yeah yeah yeah" crap

ruins almost every playing for me

but anyway, great show,
Reviewer: robertm - favorite - October 1, 2008
Subject: Dear audio head
To Audio Head, sorry buddy you missed my point...
I too LOVE Donna, I have always said mt fav. Dead years are the Keith & Donna years, but you must admit SOMETIMES...again I say SOMETIMES she just was not singing she was almost in a Yoko Ono stage, now like you stated yes it was 76 excuse me not 77 she found her way, and by 77 her voice was like a beautiful bird. my previous comments beleive it or not I was sticking up for her as I have on other reviews, I always mention the 1977 JGB at Thearther what ever the venue name the cd with her & Jerry singing Stir it up & don't let go & the Paul Mccatney & wings songs as some of the most beautiful harmonizing EVER.
Reviewer: charlotte240 - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2008
Subject: audio quality after sugaree, 1st set
this show was great listening, Donna wakes up all the sleeper-heads in the audience, and it is great!

the part that is really unfortunate is in Sugaree and a few songs after when the lead singing audio or mic drops out...
Reviewer: audiohead22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2008
Subject: from the GM DJLB~ to robertm
Hey Robert,

As the Grand Master Donna Jean Loving Bastard (GM DJLB~) I must stand up for my woman and contest your comments below. First off, she found her voice with the band in '76 not '77. Just listen to the Classic BMH run from 6/9-6/12/76. Followed by the Beacon and Orpheum Theatre runs. Those 3 runs are all-time grates! And second, as all die hard Donna lovers would agree, her contributions to the band weren't always in key harmonies or background vocals. But her solos and phrasing were quite good and very beautiful most of the time. Now as for the screeching, it's an acquired taste. Remember no Donna = no Keith. All in good fun from the GM DJLB~ of Lossless Legs. :)

Oh as for this show, It's Freakin' Sweet! Jer's so on throughout, both musically and vocally. Great first set despite the drop-outs. Awesome WRS, Wharf & Peggy-O are very tasty. A not to miss show for sure.

Reviewer: Miss Divine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2008
Subject: Such a pity...
about the vocal drop-outs.
This would have been a total killer otherwise.
Reviewer: dirty sancho - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2008
Subject: classic bug munchin' show!
clearly a gem from '74 w/ 2nd set jams.
Reviewer: Joshua43214 - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2007
Subject: nice show
I have the same love/hate relationship with Donna that many of us do. There are however 2 songs that I always felt where better with her than with out her; Let it Grow and Greatest Story Ever Told. Her tendancy to come unglued while singing adds a nice flavor to the already rediculous GSET and WRS/LitG need female vocals to feel right.

She is really on her meds in this show, just the right balance between over the top and in the background where she belongs.

The band never quite seems to hit and keep its groove on this show, they crank up and then fall out of sync. it seems to lack the inspriration so many of their shows have.

Still very worth having, its not intrusive and hits some very high points.
Reviewer: Wake of the Flood One - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2007
Subject: Scarlet!!!!!!!
This must be right around when they were working on the Mars Hotel record... great groove....
Reviewer: Craighappy2surf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2007
Subject: Best China/Rider Ever?
Hmmmmm, Thought (and listened) hard about this one, but IMHO 11-11-73 at Winterland is my personal favotie "best ever" China/Rider. I will concur however, that out of that fertle 6 months at the end of '73 and early '74, the boys turned out some of their finest work ever. On a side note, the 7-1-80 San Diego China/Rider may be the most intense (bolivian marching powder fueled) version ever.

Reviewer: ScarletRog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2007
Subject: first?!?!?
Yes, Donna DID butcher Scarlet! These things happens, we all have our times. However, in regards to an earlier review, I think that you will find the first Peggy-O sometime around Dec. 73. from what I understand it was the 12th. This one is definately a fine rendition, and this show does rock. Nice china>rider. Truckin>WOW!!!!>where was i??????
Reviewer: gdp88 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2007
Subject: stellar
a must for anyone. Did you see the fuckin setlist! the only problem here is the bobby mcgee through el paso has recording problems,(not the entire songs)vocals are muffed, tape speed is a little of, wierd piano mix etc... but the rest of the show has excellent quality) highly recommend the china>rider,peggy-o is good, truckin on is fuckin great. If your lookin for a reason to put a smile on your face listen to this show
Reviewer: Sunnydrop - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2007
Subject: Thank you
thank you
Reviewer: I_love_you - - June 13, 2007
Subject: no comment
no comment because everything has been said 46 times already... except for the only thing that is not an opinion, but a fact. i just cannot belive that after 46 reviews, 27,000 downloads, fuck after a reviewer MENTIONED the Peggy-O, that nobody realized that this is the first...
Reviewer: banksmc311 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2007
Subject: oh donna....!
I wish I could get ahold of a soundboard and turn her down! Like Whoa on the Scarlet ....that's dog-lying-dead-in-the-road whailing.....

The boys are on though!!
Reviewer: Sachin78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2007
Subject: SICK
I can't even work with this show on, it's ridiculous. Not singling any one song out, the whole damn thing has extra oomph. Everyone is on point, flexing extra hard. Get this shit, and get it now.
Reviewer: GrahamCroft - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2006
Subject: Wow!
What a streaming delight - in and out of perfection like the Dead at their best, feeling their way to astonishing stuff through weird but somehow lovable tangles. The Not Fade Away/Going Down the Road are for me particular highlights with those amazing choral runs of Garcia and the band pumping solo runs that fit together like some crazy zen runaway train. What a joy to hear this stuff!
Reviewer: fmichael - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2006
Subject: open and flowing
The most amazing Bertha I have ever heard. Then listenning to Jerry sing Mississippi Half Step struck me initially, much as hearing a teisho/talk of the now almost 100 year old zen master, Sasaki aka Kyozan Joshu, Roshi.

Minor sound problems as the tape goes on, but what the heck . . . very powerful Black Throated Wind.

{Interesting moment in Let it Grow when Bob forgets his lyrics, and then sort of be-bops his way through the line.}
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2006
Subject: huntin china cats on da bridge 5/19/74

A buddy of mine had this tape -- "A" quality/ low generation. I never did..and I hadn't heard that China > Rider bridge in about 10 years...until tonight - 10/7/06. WOW --

in case of emergency, break glass and play this tape.Everyone playing in the band shines during this one.

Level problems to be sure (bobby's in your lap during promised land -- and...whatever --- that's what EQ's are for...
Keith and Phil are w/o doubt BOOMing thruout...
Percussion is sutle but Jerr Bear is WAY in his zone...

Thank you and everyone related to taping this show and getting it on the web...respect!

There is NOTHING like a Grateful Dead Show.
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2006
Subject: classic show
One of the classic 74 shows...the Truckin' GDTRFB>NFA is a clear highlight...China>Rider is one of the premier versions of the time...also, to the guy below, nobody cares about any of that so crawl back to your garage and play some more covers...
Reviewer: Dino the real darkstar drummer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2006
Subject: Just for clarification sake....
The person who posted as darkstar drummer above is not associated with DSO in any way.
Reviewer: unclejohnnyd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2006
Subject: my favorite China Cat EVER
Yes, the Truckin>MLB is great stuff but it is the China>Rider that makes me love this show so much. That and the great mix - at least on my old cassette, haven't listen here yet. Also - Money Money kicks ass! I don't care what anyone says, most unfairly treated song the Dead ever did.
Reviewer: DinkBoy - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2006
Subject: Scarlet Be-ruined
Wow. I thought I'd heard Donna at her worst but what she does here to Scarlet Begonias rings the bell. This is well beyond over the top or being
"a bit off that night".
I lost my appetite with this one, kiddies.
Disturbing audio.
Reviewer: Doumor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2006
Subject: Donna
After reading some of the reviews I just had to stream Scarlet and hear it for myself. I don't know what's funnier: reading all the descriptions of Donna's 'singing' or actually hearing Donna's 'singing'. All I can say is, holy shit man! Yes, Donna added to the overall sound ... yadda yadda... but sometimes she is just soooo far out there, and this is one of those times. Beware of hearing loss if using headphones!

As for the shew, yup. Very nice. I'm not really into the clastrophobic shoebox sound off the board, and for that (and that alone) I dock this recording one star.
Reviewer: tree-ap - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2006
I've heard it said that Money, Money was taken as "mean spirited", but I always took it as the tongue-in-cheek-song that it was written as. But we ALL hear something different, don't we?
Now, can we put the Donna bashing to rest? Let's put her caterwalling in perspective. NOBODY can honestly say the Bob Weir's "singing" is in ANY way better or worse than Donna's. Are any of you listening to Bob at the end of Not Fade Away, OMSN, Sunshine Daydream, or many other songs where he's screaming unintelligibly? NOT FADE AWAAAAAY!!! Listen to Tomorrow Is Forever on the GD Movie Soundtrack & tell me she can't sing. Every band member had off nights in their performances, where their voice or instrument/playing was not what it could be. Yes, (BLASPHEMY) even Jerry fucked things up---nodding off on stage leaves you open to flubbed lyrics or sub-par playing, especially in the later years.
Anyway, I have NOTHING BUT LOVE for ALL of the Grateful Dead members, regardless of their short-comings. Sometimes they were ON, and other times they were OFF. Donna added something important to the band, and I can't imagine her NOT being part of one of, if not THE GREATEST musical groups of ALL TIME!!! Yep, she was off key more often than we'd like, but we're talking about mere seconds of chalk board scraping along with hours of MAGIC.
I'd love to be the last person to weigh in on Donna's contribution, but I'm sure I won't be. Just remember, it's ALL ABOUT THE LOVE---WEEEE LOOOOVVVVEEEE YOOOOUUUU!!!!
Reviewer: Leisureman - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2006
Subject: Whoa, Donna!
Scarlet Begonias, I was listening at work and couldn't get over to my desk to squelch her in time. Ouch. Kind of embarassing...
Reviewer: Stargazin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2006
Subject: wonderful 1974 show
There's something so very Oregon about this WRS...
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2006
Subject: us blues all the way
Great U.S. Blues, the encore, a few days later at UCSB they open with it, the recording mix is still comming together and you get a unique between the lines sound with mostly keith and Billy. I think 5/25 is superior but this version stands tall on its own and is mixed correctly, you just know they were having fun, Phil's bass hits new levels in 74 and seems to carry over to early 76, while I recognize that off time was probubly great for writing new material and growing, I sure wish they hadn't taken 75 off.

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Reviewer: USBlues1977 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2006
Subject: Why downplay P-town shows?
This show represents everything good about the last of the earlier/mid years of the boys. Half-Step is great and Black Throated Wind is on. WRS Part 1 has its good times but what really makes my hair stand up is the Mind Left Body, classically classic, you just don't see this kind of "fresh and fruity" playing from any band nowadays..... this site helps me get through my day. Oh and Weir, if you need the money that's cool, but don't use your kid as an excuse.
Reviewer: BigShotLawyer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2006
Subject: Setlist is incorrect
Here's the (apparently) correct one from DeadBase. (I noticed it when Tennessee Jed started up). A nice show (with the obvious Donna caveat).

05-19-74 Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Or. (Sun)
1: Half Step, Mexicali, Big RxR Blues, B. T. Wind, Scarlet, BIODTL, Tennessee Jed, Bobby McGee, Sugaree, Jack Straw, Roses, El Paso, Loose Lucy, Money Money, China Cat> I Know You Rider
2: Promised> Bertha> Greatest, Ship Of Fools, WRS Prelude> WRS Part 1> Let It Grow> Wharf Rat, Big River, Peggy-O, Truckin> Jam> Mind Left Body Jam> NFA> GDTRFB, Saturday Night E: U. S. Blues
"Tico Tico" tuning before "Promised"
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2006
Subject: Whoa Donna
I love Donna, I really love her and what she brought to the grateful dead. I especially loved her during the later years.

This is the first time I heard a song that Donna destroyed - listen around the 3:35 mark of Scarlet Begonias. She starts screaming and it made me fart in my pants it was so unexpected. Wow did it ever sound awful! Man oh man. I hope sheis not like that on other parts of this show.

Listen to it, the 3:35 mark of SB, and comment when you hear it.
Reviewer: ReddyKillowatt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2006
Subject: Great Show
I really dig China Cat>I Know You Rider. And Billy's drumming is excellent.
Reviewer: Y2KCrazyOtto - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2005
Subject: huge set list
there is no fatigue in this set list. Crisp change of pace in many songs i.e bertha is chillin'. Bobby scolding the dude up front is priceless. The kicker by far is the NFA-GDTRFB
Reviewer: WRat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 13, 2005
Disregard my 5 rating. 7 STARS was not an option.

This show, to me, is unique for the HIGHLY emotive renditions of certain tunes in the 2nd set. This is the most melancholy Wharfrat I've ever heard. Jerr's voice floats like wind during hte verses, and he lets loose the best solo at the end of any version I've heard. W-Report - simply beautiful. They actually pull off the vocal harmonization for a change (Incl. Donna). This version of Peggy~O~ still gives me goose-bumps 15 years after I first heard it.

This show has a very warm, cozy feel to it. It could easily serve as a soundtrack to all the damp, gray days of my life. My hissy, over-trebled, no-vocals tape gets a 5+. This Dl sounds great, so it gets a 7!
Reviewer: eyezoftheworld - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2005
Subject: aw hell
aw hell, just typed a review and now its lost.... bah. keith is good, bobby is good. donna is right on in some songs and right off in others. second set is good along with china cat. i also think BTW is pretty good too. id reccomend listening to this one for sure. its nothing amazing to me though, but darn good. also, the set list is wrong... GDTRFB does not -> OMSN. i saw that on the setlist and was wondering... and yes, its an error. good show!
Reviewer: Lewis/Klitschko - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2005
Subject: Re:
I like "Money Money." If you don't pay attention to the lyrics, it's a groovy song. I mean, I don't pay attention to most lyrics anyway, but I assume people are turned off to the song because of the lyrics. The guitar leads are good in the three versions from May, and the riffing is full bodied. What's not to like? As for the meat of this show, the jam out of "Truckin'", it's a corker, but I think the similar 6/16 one is superior.

Also, "Tico Tico" is one of the highlights of the night, just as "Zippity Doo Dah" is one of the highlights of 4/26/72.
Reviewer: hyperboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2005
Subject: China > the end of Show!!
Yes there are some great moments in the first set...but just get China Cat > the end of the show! This is some of the most consistent, song-to-song playing I've ever heard from the boys. Damn I just love Billy's drumming from 72-74...he is a machine! Sound quality here is comparable to the 2-24-74 Winterland show. Get it now and enjoy!
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2005
Subject: Mixed 1st set, great second set
Donna sounds like she got her finger caught in a car door on Scarlet Begonias. (This one lacks the jam of the 14th.) You owe it to yourself to listen to it, it's so "amazing." Makes you wonder what the other musicians were thinking.

Second set is fantastic (Donna actually sounds good on WRS), but first set ain't bad, with some choice moments -- Tennesee Jed bounces. Unfortunately, the vocals almost drop out midway through Sugaree and for several songs. The vocal audio returns with a tight Loose Lucy, another first set highlight, but goes into Money Money, not one of Bob's best compositions, "enhanced" by Donna.

The gig gets a 4 because of the mixed first set. Pick a few jems out, then take everything from China Cat and later.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2005
Subject: Unbelievably Hot+++
Another stunning 1974 barnburner. Every note is sizzling.... BEST GTRFB AND ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT EVER...
Reviewer: Skloodzi1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2005
Subject: great jams
I'm not the biggest '74 fan, but I really like this show. First off though, when I say this show, I really mean set 2. Maybe it's just me, but the vocals seem too low in the mix for about half the 1st set (starting in the middle of Sugaree I think). The rest of the mix is pretty good, but I have a hard time with the 1st set because I couldn't really hear the vocals. Other than the excellent China > Rider though, set 1 doesn't really compare to set 2 anyway, which is where the real magic of this show is.
The band sounds great here, though like I said, I really prefer the 2nd set. Great set, not a single botched song. The Truckin/Mind Left Body jam is awesome, not to be missed. Also a set 2 Peggy-O strikes me as pretty rare, that song is almost always set 1, and really shines in its contrast to such a rousing version of Truckin. For the most part I think the band is playing very well--no sleeping at the keys from Keith in this one, though Donna does sound a bit rough at times. Oh and I think this period is one of the best for Bobby's guitar playing, especially the intricate riffs he plays while Jerry sings his lead vocals. Bobby seems overall very on-top-of-things in this show, doing a good Weather Report Suite too.
Bottom line, this is a very enjoyable show and the only reasons I give it 4 stars instead of 5 are because the vocals were low in set 1, and also because there are some real "warmup set" moments in set 1. If you want to know what '74 Dead is about though, check out China Cat through the end of the show and you won't be disappointed.
Reviewer: Darkstar Drummer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2005
Subject: Warning: Show contains amazing jams
Truckin thru Sat. Nite is just incredible, especially the MLB jam following Truckin''s a juicy prime cut of Dead.

Also, beware of Donna! She's extra bad in this show and you're likely to cringe at times
Reviewer: ChinaGoovyRider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2005
Subject: THE Jam
This was the first China>Groovy>Rider i ever heard some 10 yrs ago. to this day, it is my all time. Jerry peaks out so hard the hairs on the back of my neck still stand on end. But seriously, the turn they take after Truckin is primal. and to go into a fast paced MLB that drops into NFA. Ahh the sequence is bliss.
Reviewer: Since 77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2005
Subject: Top 10 All-Time China>Rider
IMHO, this is one of the truly great China>Riders. I say this as one who has a particular fondness for China>Rider. I've got my own collection of great ones, and I keep coming back to this one. Best ever? I dunno, but it just stands out to me as a great one among great ones.
The rest of the show is hot, even if Donna is a little overbearing in spots. The China>Rider carries the show for me and earns the show 5 stars on its merits alone.
Reviewer: ImFromComptonBoieee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 13, 2005
Subject: JAMMIN'
thats right folks. thats what you call it during Truckin. JAMMIN'. this is some serious ju-ju. im only rating the Truckin here. 5 STARS.
Reviewer: ianlundgren - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2005
Subject: I am shocked and disgusted!!!!
you all missed the whole point of this show... try again... go back and listen to the truckin' > mind left body jam. If you still don't get it try some shrooms
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2005
Subject: WOW...Donna is bad!
Let me preface this by saying that this is an excellent show and need the d.l.

I was listening (through ear buds) to this at work, kinda bumping along and really enjoying an early Scarlet when lo! and behold Donna started screeching in such an unbearable and animalistic way as to (i have real concerns here) have potentially impaired my hearing for life!

Disclaimer: Beware Donna!
Reviewer: matrixport - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2005
Subject: Download it now!!
O.k., where to start with this one...

A SMOKING show throughout:

A long show with 30+ tunes/jams, it includes one of only three performances of Money Money. Most of the performances are absolutely terrific, especially China>Rider, Greatest Story Ever Told (check out the jam in the middle), and the disc #3 jams into GTRFB. Donna's wailing is hysterical (literally) on Scarlet and GSET. And Bobby tries to outdo her on One More Saturday Night. You'll be smiling throughout...

Overall sound is great, and the only major negative is the drop-out of the vocals from mid-Sugaree through El Paso. If you don't mind a bit of GD karaoke, then ignore it and sing along.

Don't hesitate to add this one to your collection!

And yes, Donna's a bit overbaked at times, but it just adds to the overall fun; how could you not be laughing along with the band and audience when she lets it all hang out... :)
Reviewer: nyc oldie - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2005
Subject: Good show...
Have had it on tape or cd for years.

However, it must be pointed out that Donna hits some real bad notes during several songs. Begonias is unplayable, IMO.
Reviewer: Confusion's Prince - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2004
Subject: Awesome Show!!!
This is a great show which EVERYONE should have. The sugaree and China Cat>Rider are both smokin!!!!!
Defnitly download!!! 5 stars!!!
Reviewer: lchange43 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2004
Subject: gratefull true and pure smokinnnnn
this one of the best concert at the time too bad for the 3songs in the front with poor vocals but once it going man you cant touch this one a must for deadheads money monet is just the best jerry is on so sweet and weather report is just the best ever
Reviewer: floydtrane - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2004
Subject: My first show as well
This show was originally given to me as a tape in college to get me into the band. Well, 100 tapes and 35+ shows on disc and I would say this show did its job. Pay close attention to the second set...very, very hot.
Reviewer: cheyler - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2004
Subject: Sound 5 : Show 5
This was one of my first tapes 20 years ago and this download allows me to stop searching for something better. It would be nearly impossible to surpass the sound quality unless multi-tracks exist and it is given a release-quality mix. The tunes that had been previously uncirculating were left off for a reason, there are insignificant mix issues in each, but nothing to get worried about. The Weather Report Suite is one of the best, the mix is spacious and about as clear as you can get. There is a nice laid-back vibe throughout the show while at the same time the intensity is incredibly high. This is definitely in my top five for the year.
Reviewer: injunva - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2004
Subject: ratings...
On a a scale where presumably 5 is the best of shows, 4 is very good, 3 is good, 2 is fair, & 1 is poor, I think this is a great show with first disk audio problems.
Reviewer: bopdefender - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2004
Subject: YOU NEED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nothing like finding one of these beauties. 5 stars isn't enough. Bobby's voice is ***** alone. Phil's alloverit. Gotcha crazy Jerry lovin' base and drums a rockin'
Reviewer: blak0102 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2004
Subject: Greatest China > Rider Ever
Simply the greatest China > Rider ever... The transition is basically the culmination of 6 months on stage improvising. One of my top 5 shows.
Reviewer: theraven - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2004
Subject: BIODTL!
one word: beat it on down the line. this is the BIODTL against which i measure all others. if y'all know a better one, throw it at me. also, im diggin the loose lucy.
Reviewer: metaldeadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2004
Amazing show statrs with the halfstep-The coolest hottest version of China Cat(EVER!)-Loose Lucy is incredible and the Truckin and Jam as spoke are Killer-Tennesse Jed is another that just smokes,a great show,vocals go sometimes,but yes don't let it stop you from downloading this fantastic show.5 Stars easily
Reviewer: Mr Charlie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2004
Subject: You've never heard anything like this
This show smokes throughout and the Truckin' > MLBJ may be my favorite Grateful Dead jam ever. Listen to it takeoff around the 9:30 mark...unreal.
Reviewer: Embers dad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2004
Subject: Complete, but....
This show is a smoker for sure. It is the only complete source in circulation from what I can tell.

Jerry's vocals are really low on Jack Straw through Roses. But don't let that stop you from grabbing one of the best shows from one of the band's best years!
Reviewer: chrisrobinson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2004
hanus willy-nillie pocket people. I'm taking the initiative to write a review for this show because it's the whole thing. Don't let this top shelf show go by (or your just being a jerk).......DO IT NOW!! I mean just look at the set list and get ready for your standards to get raised up a bar.
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